The father of Joe Burrow confirmed for The Dispatch early Saturday morning what was reported Friday, that the former Ohio State quarterback intends to transfer to Louisiana State.
“Yes, Joe has committed to LSU,” texted Jim Burrow, the long-time defensive coordinator at Ohio University.
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The choice had come down to LSU or Cincinnati. Joe Burrow visited both late last week after graduating from Ohio State, which gave him the freedom to transfer and play immediately with two seasons of eligibility remaining. He was seeking a new start after engaging Dwayne Haskins Jr. in competition in the spring at OSU to replace departed four-year starter J.T. Barrett.
Burrow is walking into a quarterback situation at LSU, under coach Ed Orgeron, that was a three-man race in the spring and was left unsettled. The Tigers, revamping their offense under new coordinator Steve Ensminger, aggressively courted Burrow once he was on the market.
“We are excited about his future,” Jim Burrow said.
In regards to his son seemingly making a major leap away from home turf -- it’s about 1,000 miles from his hometown Athens to Baton Rouge – and to the Southeastern Conference, well, Jim Burrow grew up in Mississippi. He said he listened to LSU games on the radio as a kid, his father played basketball at Mississippi State and a brother played football at Ole Miss. He went to Ole Miss his freshman year before transferring to Nebraska.
“We are very familiar with the SEC,” he said.
He also said his son is familiar with one of the favorite culinary delights of Louisiana.
“He already likes crawfish,” Jim Burrow said. “He and J.T. found a place in Columbus.”